Mary A. Behm, 86
(March 17) ALLIANCE - Mary A. Behm, 86 died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born March 29, 1916, in Oconto, Neb., to Harry and Ethel Van Houten.
Her family moved to Alliance during her childhood. On June 8, 1935 she was united in marriage to Harold Behm in Alliance. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Eagles Auxiliary. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Dennis and Teresa Behm, Dorothy Duncan, Richard and Pat Behm, Cathy Garber, Carolyn and Dean Harris, Kenny and Marilyn Behm, all of Alliance. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Her parents, husband, son Edward, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Walter Cline officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Eagles Auxiliary, First Christian Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Irene Romick, 78
(March 18) ALLIANCE - Irene Romick, 78, of Alliance, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Highland Park Care Center. She was born, March 28, 1924, to Fred and Mary (Semon) Cook at Scottsbluff.
She lived most of her life in the community and worked 23 years at the Elks Lodge, before retiring in 1988 and moving to Alliance. From then until her time of death she lived with her daughter Kathy and husband Richard. She loved roses and always enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all of them. She is survived by daughter Kathy and husband Richard of Alliance; sons, Stanley Romick of Sidney, and Ron "Bill" and wife Donna of Alliance; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also is survived by three sisters, Esther Wacker, Betty Nauenberg both of Scottsbluff, and Barbara Hansen of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two brothers Harry Cook of Scottsbluff, and Dannie Cook of Carlsbad, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, three brothers, and granddaughter Tania.
Graveside services will be Friday, March 21, 2003, at the Alliance Cemetery with the Reverend Jerry Mercer officiating. There will be a lunch served at the United Methodist Church at Alliance after the services for the family and close friends. There is no visitation. The body has been cremated at Sunset Memorial Park at Scottsbluff at the request of the family. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Bernard W. Koch, 85
(March 18) KING CITY, Ore. - Bernard Wayne Koch, 85, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at a King City care facility. He was born March 17, 1917, at Richfield, Neb., to Elmer Otto and Gladys Edna (Bowen) Koch.
The family moved to Lakeside where he attended school and graduated from high school. He started working on a ranch, and married Doris McFall at Cheyenne, Wyo. on Sept. 23, 1937. In 1940, they moved to Newberg, Ore., where he worked in construction for many years. He later attended real estate school and became a broker. In 1972, they moved to Redmond, Ore., where they lived until his retirement. They moved to Beaverton, Ore., in 1987, and to a King City care facility in 2001. He enjoyed reading, woodcrafts and loved hunting. He is survived by his Doris Koch of Tigard, Ore.; sons Jerry Koch of Redmond, Ore., and Kerry Koch of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter Cheryl Pariser of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Veda Parton of Las Vegas, Nev. Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Foundation, c/o Attrell's Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa Rd., Newberg, OR 97132.
His funeral was at 10 a.m., Monday, March 17, at Attrell's Newberg Chapel, with Pastor Don Fivecoat officiating. Burial was a Noble Cemetery at Newberg.
Opal E. Keller, 83
(March 18) GURLEY - Opal E. Keller, 83, died Monday, March 10, at her son Jerry's home. She was born on the family homestead 20 miles north of Lisco, on Aug. 27, 1919, to Edwin A. and Ida Mae (Hinman) Neff.
She attended Alliance Public Schools and graduated from Alliance High School in 1938. Following graduation, she worked at the Alliance Public Library and later during World War II for the War Records Department in New Jersey. On May 6, 1943, she was married to Wayne Winton Keller at the Neff family home at Alliance. After he was discharged from the Army, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where they resided for two and a half years. In 1946, they returned to Nebraska and lived for two years at the Keller ranch in the Sandhills. When the ranch house burned down in 1948, they moved to Oshkosh. During the following years, she helped maintain their family farm west of Oshkosh, rear five sons, and help with her husband's honey bee business. In the early 1970's they moved to town. She worked for 22 years for the Midwec Corp., later known as Marshalltown Instrument. She was a member of the Flat Top Camera Club, Oshkosh Garden Club and the Garden County Historical Society. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and a friend to all. She iw survived by her husband, Wayne; sons, David (Linda) Keller of Fairburn, Ga., John (Sally) Keller of Searcy, Ark., Allen (Marilyn) Keller of Esko, Minn., Jerry (Lisa) Keller of Gurley, and Terry Keller of Woodstock, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Esther (Sonny) Cziesel of Copiague, N.Y., and Edith Keller of Alliance. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Rose Neff and Margaret Yeager, brother Konald Neff, and a baby son Marvin Andrew Keller.
Mrs. Keller's memorial service was Friday, March 14, at the Church of Christ at Sidney. Interment was at the Alliance Cemetery of Friday afternoon following the Memorial Service at Sidney. The family wishes to thank all those who attended, sent flowers or gave donations to the Garden County Historical Society or the Health Center Hospice Program in her memory.
Bea Garvin, 77
(Mar. 19) CRAWFORD - Bea Garvin, 77, died Saturday, March 17, at Chadron. She was born April 26, 1923, to William and Bessie Warren at Canton, Tex.
She is survived by her husband, Ben, of Crawford; one daughter, Lorrie Perham of Chadron; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two brothers, Billy Waren of Dallas, Tex., and Junior Warren of Canton, Tex.; and two sisters Fay Harper and Dorothy Jones of Dallas, Tex. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles Auxiliary.
Mrs. Crawford's funeral will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, at the Methodist Church at Crawford with Rev. Tim Pratt officiating. Burial will be at Crawford Cemetery. A Memorial has been established to the Crawford Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to the Security Bank of Crawford. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of arrangements.
Robert "Joe" Holmstedt, 78
(Mar. 19) PAXTON - Robert "Joe" Holmstedt, 78, died on March 15, 2001, at his home. He was born June 7, 1922, at his parents' home north of Paxton, to Oscar and Mary (Braman) Holmstedt.
He graduated from Paxton High School. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Perlinger on August 26, 1947 at Paxton. The couple farmed for several years until Joe went to work for Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation until he retired. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Lion's Club, and served on the church council, He was a county school board, Paxton town board, Boy Scout leader and volunteer fireman.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; one daughter, Darlene Johnson of Alliance; two sons, Robert "Bob" Holmstedt of Omaha and Tom Holmstedt of Roda, Spain; and three grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Fox of Denver and Carol Wamsley of Sexington; and one brother Berkley Holmstedt of Arkansas.
Mr. Holmstedt's funeral was Monday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father James Janovec and Father Walter Phelan officiating. Burial was in the Paxton Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Paxton Lions Club and the Paxton Volunteer Fire Department. Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is was charge of arrangements.
Esther L. Zalesky, 87
(Mar. 19) SIDNEY - Esther Louise Zalesky, 87, of Sidney died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Memorial Health Center in Sidney. She was born Nov. 7, 1913, at Lincoln. Her parents were Louis and Emma (Bruns) Haak.
Her family moved to Lodgepole were she was raised and attended school. She was married to Emil Zalesky on Nov. 8, 1933, at Sidney. Mr. Zalesky preceded her in death. The couple lived in the Sunol area until 1996, when she moved to Sidney.
She is survived by three daughters, Vicki Weingart of Alliance, Linda Kallhoff of Chadron and Audrey Tremain of Sidney; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
Mrs. Zalesky's funeral was Thursday, March 15, at Gehrig & Son Funeral Home in Sidney, with Gary Aten officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery at Lodgepole. Memorials may be made to MHC Hospice. Gehrig & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Marcella O'Connor, 83
(March 19) ALLIANCE - Marcella A. O'Connor, 83, died Monday, March 18, 2002, at the Box Butte General Hospital. She was born April 16, 1918, at Chicago, Ill., to Charles and Alice (O'Dowd) Reiter.
She was married to Joseph P. O'Connor August 22, 1939, at Charles City, Iowa. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church where she was also a member of the Altar Society. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Maureen Allen, Timothy O'Connor, Colleen and John Orndorff, Kevin and Jan O'Connor, Katie and Duane Dobson, Teresa and Chuck Ushio, Sally and Merlin Drumheller all of Alliance; Patrick and Sonia OâConnor of Roseville, Minn.; Michaeleen and Tracy McLean of Butte, Mont.; and John and Kathy O'Connor of Geneseo, Ill.; 30 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Mary Bardeleben of Illinois. Her parents, husband, daughter Mary Ann, five brothers, one sister, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, March 22, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Wake services will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Holy Rosary Church. Memorials may be given to the St. Agnes Academy Foundation. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
F. B. "Mike" Connelly, 58
(March 19) WHITNEY - Frank Bruce "Mike" Connelly, 58, died March 18, 2003, at Hemingford Community Care Center. He was born March 17, 1945, at Crawford, to Frank and Jessie (Reed) Connelly.
He lived during his youth on the family farm near Whitney. After graduating from Crawford High School in 1963, he went to work for a construction company where he was trained as a brick mason. Most of this work was in eastern Nebraska. In 1965 he was drafted into the army and was stationed in Korea. Following his discharge in 1967, he returned to construction work. In 1969, he returned to the Crawford area to begin his farming career on the family farm. He also continued doing block work and made numerous fireplaces throughout the area. He enjoyed collecting and fixing up antique tractors and many were driven in the Fourth of July parades. He also was an avid gun collector. His favorite pastime was reading and as everyone knows it was hard to win an argument with Mike. He was active in several organizations including the antique tractor club, Northwest Nebraska Shooters, the N.R.A., the American Legion in which he served as an officer, and St. John the Baptist Church. His survivors include his sisters Colleen (George) Kamas of Boulder, Colo., Sara Hain of Scottsbluff, Mary Ann (Glynn) Felkins of Kimball; brothers, Bill (Merna) Connelly of Alliance, Tom and (Evelyn) Connelly of Genoa, Tim of Hay Springs; Pat (Irene) Connelly of Broomfield, Colo.; Dave (Jeanine) Connelly of Whitney; numerous nieces and nephews and their families and many friends. His parents and his brother Joe preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Father Loren Pohlmeier officiating. Burial will be in the Crawford Catholic Cemetery with military rites provided by the Veterans Honor Guard of Chadron. A wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at the church. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
George "Bud" Moss, 100
(March 19) ALLIANCE - George "Bud" Moss, 100, died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was born March 26, 1902 at Clinton, to Charles (Ode) and Lula (Reno) Moss.
He attended school at Clinton. He farmed and worked as a mechanic and in construction in Sheridan, Dawes and Box Butte Counties. He married Hazel Tucker in 1923. Together they had one daughter, Sylvia. After Hazel died in 1926, he married Bess Drullinger in 1931. His daughters survive him, Sylvia Zuver of Chadron, Donna (Odey) Gregory of Chadron; son, Verle (Dorothy Moss) of Alliance; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, wives Hazel Moss and Bess Moss, granddaughter Vicki Sue Moss, brothers Alfred Moss of Harrington, Kan., Eston (Shorty) Moss of Hay Springs, son-in-law Melvin Zuver of Chadron preceded him in death. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Health Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the Gordon Cemetery, Marvin Blundell officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alta L. Mueller, 95
(March 19) BRIDGEPORT - Alta Leona Mueller, 95, died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff. She was born Jan. 18, 1908, in Morrill County, to Wylie Robert and Anna A. (Pinkerton) Layne.
She grew up in the "Good Streak Community" north of Bayard. She was married to George Mueller on Oct. 8, 1924, at Harrisburg. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1991. She loved crocheting, country western music, and was especially proud of her flower garden. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much, and spent as much time as possible with them. She will be greatly missed by all of them. She is survived by two children, Marriah (Fred) Miller of Alliance, and Quentin (Ruby) Mueller of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Dan Miller and John Miller of Alliance, Vicki (Walter) Dyer of Hyannis, Jennifer (David) Bucy of Gering, and Brad (Roberta) Mueller of Bridgeport; seven great-grandchildren, Dave (Stacie) Dyer of Lincoln, Robert (Ann) Dyer of Cozad, Daniel Dyer of Sutherland, James Dyer of Palisade, Mark Dyer of Hyannis, Taylor Mueller and Kimberly Mueller of Bridgeport; and a few nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband George, two sisters, one brother and great-grandson Matthew Joseph preceded her in death. Memorials have been established to the Bridgeport Fire Department, Heritage of Bridgeport or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Mueller's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Bridgeport Memorial Chapel, with Alice Shriver P.M.A. officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Bridgeport Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Florence E. Mattley, 77
(Mar. 20) ALLIANCE Ñ Florence E. Mattley, 77, of Alliance, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Alliance. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Assembly of God Church in Alliance, with Pastor Michael Schaff officiating. Interment will be 3 p.m., Thursday, March 22 in Sunset Memorial Park at Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral chapel Wednesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Florence Mattley memorial fund, in care of Dennis Mattley, 1247 Missouri Ave., Alliance, NE 69301, to be designated at a later date. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Jan. 15, 1924, at Valentine, Neb., to Elmer and Emma (Spath) Hockenbary. She graduated from high school in Bennett County, S.D., in 1942 and attended college at St. Mary's School of Nursing in Pierre, S.D., graduating in 1945. She married Stanley Mattley, Feb. 9, 1946, at Rushville, and they made their home in the Scottsbluff Valley.
She was employed at St. Mary's Hospital in Scottsbluff, and later for Dr. Landers, Dr. Grubbs, and at Dr. Karr's for over 20 years. She also volunteered her time at the Bargain Bin. She made her home at Crossroads Assisted Living in Alliance the last 14 months.
She enjoyed walking, crocheting, puzzles and crafts among many other things. She was a warm, generous and loving person who will be sadly missed by all. She was a member of the DAV Auxiliary.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Ellen Mattley of Mitchell, Neb.; Dennis and Virginia Mattley of Alliance; daughter, Margaret Knoles of Grand Island, Neb.; son, Tim Mattley of Mesquite, Nev.; sisters, Grace Kursave of Black Hawk, S.D.; Dorothy Porch of Kadoka, S.D.; and Kathleen Frerichs of Jamesville, Wis.; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Harold Hoops of Warner Robins, Ga.; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and her family at Crossroads Assisted Living.
She will be joined in heaven by her husband Stanley; son, Mikey; two grandsons, Christopher and Michael Mattley; sisters Helen Brynes, Ruth Porch and Edna Mullen; and brothers, Elmer "Bud" Hockenbary Jr. and Ralph Hockenbary.